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“American Museum Visit”
Review of American Museum

American Museum
Ranked #14 of 156 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Situated in a glorious Georgian manor house within 120 acres of wonderful grounds and stunning scenery, the American Museum in Britain is home to the finest collection of Americana outside of the United States. Visitors learn about the Founding Fathers, the pioneers West, Native Americans and the Slavery issue which lead to the Civil War in the new interactive American Heritage Exhibition. This precedes a series of attractive period rooms dating from colonial times until the eve of the Civil War. These rooms set the scene on domestic life throughout the exciting settlement and independence years of America and are accessible via a lift for those who have difficultly with the manor house stairs. The museum has an outstanding quilt collection which allows us to alter the permanent textile display from time to time (40-50 quilts are on show each year) and an inspiring Folk Art gallery intrigues visitors with whirligigs, cigar store Indians, weathervanes and even a Mohawk ship figurehead! Main season Mid-March to November, Tuesday -Sunday, 12-5pm. Cafe & Gardens open from 10.30am. Closed Mondays except during August and Bank Holidays. Christmas season Mid-November to Mid-December, Tuesday -Sunday, 12-4.30pm. Cafe open from 11am. Closed Mondays. Free shuttle bus from Bath city centre to the museum throughout afternoon, see website for schedule.
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250 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“American Museum Visit”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

The American Museum at Claverton Manor near Bath displays objects from American history, right back from the time of the Colonial English era and post Civil War. The rooms are arranged in chronological order.

The displays give a fascinating insight into life in the USA in its early history. The Exhibition and Gallery show art, pictures and general artifacts from the USA.

Attractions include a cafe, extensive gardens, herb shop, American exhibits and shops.

Visited May 2011
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burgess hill
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2012

Both my husband and I like all things American and if you are the same then this is the place to visit. It gives the history of the Native American Indian aswell as some folk art; the civil war and lots more.

The man at the gate didn't sell the cafe enough. He said something like 'you can get a sausage roll or baked potatoe there', but actually it was a really lovely cafe adding to the American experience because it had traditional U.S. food on the menu. I love the crime series MONK and his favourite dish is Chicken Pot Pie and I couldn't belive that this was the first thing I saw when i entered the cafe, so I knew exactly what I was going to have straight away, so I have now tasted Chicken pot pie without having to go to America.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank carol d
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“An interesting afternoon....”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

An entertaining and educational museum in a beautiful location. Well presented and thought provoking exhibits throughout. The volunteer guides are friendly and knowledgeable people who clearly enjoy explaining without the feeling that they are giving 'lectures'. Pick up a free audio guide (many people didn't bother) which adds quality information and entertainment to the tour of rooms.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Stuart B
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Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lovely mansion in the heart of the countryside”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

The views, the contents of the museum and the food in the cafe

Visited March 2012
Thank Jacky London
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great space indoors and outdoors”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

Loved the quilts and the North American history as well as the visiting Marilyn exhibition. Great out door cafe space and space for the kids to run around. Check opening times.

Visited February 2012
Thank Jude602
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